Testimonials: Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property

"Wendy Grant-John, a former Musqueam chief, said the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property is critical because it addresses the need for 'capacity building' among First Nations."

- Kim Pemberton, Reporter: Source Source: Vancouver Sun: Law extends matrimonial rights to those living on reserves

"National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) is honoured to host the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property. We realize that the transition into any new legislation always brings challenges. NALMA and the Centre of Excellence welcome this opportunity to assist First Nations to continue their long-standing tradition of caring for families and each other."

- Gino Clement, Chair, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association: Source Source: AANDC news release: Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property

"The National Association of Friendship Centres and its centres currently provide transition services for Aboriginal people moving off-reserve through our New Journeys program and those services will be complemented by NALMA and its new mandate."

- Jeffrey Cyr, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres: Source Source: AANDC news release: Legislation to Improve the Rights of Women and their Families Living on First Nation Reserves Comes Into Force

"It's exciting that this day has come. I just know from my work how much this means for women and families. It's so important. For decades there have been no tools to apply on reserves to protect women and children. Particularly when there is family violence, the women would have had to leave and been impoverished."

- Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth: Source Source: The Vancouver Sun: Law extends matrimonial rights to those living on reserves

"It's an issue the government has tried to solve through legislation since 2008. Three separate bills were introduced, but died after Parliament was either prorogued or dissolved, until Bill S-2 was introduced in the Senate in 2011. It was passed into law on June 19, 2013."

- Katie Hyslop, Reporter: Source Source: Katie Hyslop, TheTyee.ca: Feds Impose New Marriage Property Law on Reserves

"We can be proud as Canadians that we are closing a longstanding legislative gap that has hurt families and communities for too long."

- the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development: Source Source: AANDC news release: Law extends matrimonial rights to those living on reserves

"I am very pleased to see that the Bill S-2, the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, is now law. Finally, we have in place legislation to ensure that women and families are protected with the same matrimonial rights as those living off-reserve. We congratulate Minister Valcourt for this significant accomplishment, and offer our ongoing support with the implementation of the Bill."

- Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples: Source Source: AANDC news release: Legislation to Improve the Rights of Women and their Families Living on First Nation Reserves Comes Into Force

"While the legislation is new, the principles are not: providing for, caring for, and protecting our families, building safe and strong communities; these principles are central to First Nations culture and teachings."

- Gordon Bluesky, Chair, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association: Source TheTyee.ca: Feds Impose New Marriage Property Law on Reserves

"It's about women and men living on reserves getting the same rights and protections as every other Canadian."

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of Revenue, National Revenue: Source Source: Media Q Inc. Transcript: Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt, holds a news conference to make an important announcement regarding the Family Homes on Reserves or Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act